Top things to do in Grahamstown

Top Choice International in Grahamstown

Haricot’s Deli & Bistro

Eavesdrop on faculty gossip at Grahamstown’s best place to eat, which is simultaneously a relaxed courtyard cafe and refined restaurant. The menu drips with panache, with an inventive mix of local ingredients and Me…
Art in Grahamstown

National Arts Festival

Africa's largest arts festival runs for 10 days at the beginning of July. Remember two things: book ahead, as accommodation at this time can be booked out a year in advance; and bring something warm, as nights can b…
Mexican in Grahamstown

Casa de Loco

Delicious tapas, nachos, tacos and fajitas in Grahamstown? Yes, it's possible. Not your average place to eat, Casa de Loco adds a touch of exoticism to the local restaurant scene, with a riotously colourful dining r…
Pub in Grahamstown

Rat & Parrot

The centre of the student party scene, the Parrot's downstairs bar is wood panelled and cosy, while the upper floor has big windows and a veranda overlooking the street. It offers popular pizzas, pub grub and, like …
International in Grahamstown

Browns 137 High Street

This sassy guesthouse restaurant with a charming dining room and an outdoor patio is as adept at serving up light bites as it is heartier meals. The menu has a strong Mediterranean influence with a Middle Eastern tw…
Cafe in Grahamstown

Handmade Coffee – The Bakery Grahamstown

Just thinking about the scents wafting from this place makes us swoon. One step into this cafe and you're hooked forever. Don't miss the small bakery in the courtyard at the back – it serves hard-to-resist goodies, …
Bar in Grahamstown

Rustic Route

This hip, convivial bar and restaurant with an open-air terrace is a great spot to swill a craft beer or two. The crowd ranges from students to well-heeled locals. Also serves good South African specialities.
Museum in Grahamstown

Albany History Museum

This great museum details the history and art of the peoples of the Eastern Cape, including the Xhosa and 1820 Settlers, with some beautiful beadwork and embroidery on display.
Historic Site in Grahamstown

Church Square

Grand colonial edifices, university buildings, the 19th-century Anglican cathedral and colourful Victorian and Edwardian shopfronts all overlook this square. Good examples of the latter are the Grocott’s Mail buildi…
Historic Building in Grahamstown

Birch’s Gentlemen’s Outfitters

Birch’s is one of a number of historic shopfronts overlooking Church Sq. It has a marvellously old-fashioned ‘slider’ (a pulley system that sends money and change across the ceiling to and from the central till) and…